Discussing double standards for The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter with K. Dubs:
K. Dubs : "Probably if you went through each of the seven Harry Potter books and assigned each character a numerical value, then ran the whole thing through a ridiculous, over-complicated, likely-contrived Da Vinci Code-esque algorithm, you would come up with the graph for a pentagram!"
Me : "I guess the real difference is that, in The Lord of the Rings, the magic doesn't necessarily need incantations, which are synonymous with witchcraftery."
K. Dubs : "Well, this is the difficulty with coming from a Protestant viewpoint. If you were coming from a Catholic perspective, you would immediately recognize the Latin etymology of some of the spells, and realize that they are being incanted in the Lord's Chosen Language."